New and notable nonfiction at the Truckee Library
Children's Services Librarian
I have a confession. I am a non-fiction junkie. The stereotype of the typical librarian often includes always having one’s nose in a novel, but in my case, that book would most likely be a work of non-fiction. I pass our and#8220;new booksand#8221; bookcase at the Truckee Library multiple times a day and each time my eyes are irresistibly drawn down to the non-fiction shelves. This week I will feature some of my favorite titles added over the last few months.
and#8220;My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journeyand#8221; tells the story of Jill Taylor, a 37-year old brain scientist who experiences a massive stroke. It’s both a fascinating and harrowing story, and ultimately uplifting as Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery. I learned so much about how the brain functions, especially in terms of its left and right hemispheres. Having this book available on the shelf of my public library is not enough; it’s a and#8220;must buyand#8221; for my personal collection.
and#8220;The End of Overeating: Taking Control of Insatiable American Appetiteand#8221; by David Kessler is an eye-opening look at modern industrial food production and our love affair with sugar, fat and salt. Our self-regulating mechanisms to control overeating have been short-circuited in recent decades, and we are now faced with the challenge of conditioned hypereating. I have become a more mindful eater after reading this excellent book.
and#8220;When Things Get Crazy With Your Teen: The Why, The How and What to Do Nowand#8221; by psychologist Michael Bradley really helps you understand why your teens acts the way they do. You learn how and why so much behavior is dictated by adolescent brain development (or lack thereof). While my tween is not yet a teen, I like to do my homework and this book is a treasure trove of practical information for a variety of issues, from messy rooms and monstrous moods, to drugs and depression.
and#8220;Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confessionand#8221; is an inspirational memoir written by author Anne Rice. As Booklist explains, Rice gave faithful fans fits when she concluded her lengthy vampire saga with series hero Lestat searching for sainthood and followed up with carefully orthodox biographical novels about Jesus. Now she eloquently explains the life change that shaped those books: Her return to Catholicism. Raised as a strict Catholic, Rice drifted away from her faith as a young adult, only to return to a kinder, gentler form of Catholicism in her late 50s.
Just to give an idea of the depth and breadth of our non-fiction collection, here is a selection of other new titles available. and#8220;Tough Times, Great Travels: The Travel Detective’s Guide to Hidden Deals,and#8221; and#8220;Unadvertised Bargains and Great Experiencesand#8221; by Peter Greenberg tells you how to get the best travel deals during the worst financial times. In and#8220;Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life,and#8221; Dacher Keltner demonstrates humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are and#8220;nasty, brutish, and shortand#8221; and#8212; we are in fact born to be good. Lauren Fix’s and#8220;Guide to Loving Your Car: Everything You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your Car and Get On With Your Lifeand#8221; is full of straight-forward, clear and fun advice that will help you become a more confident, knowledgeable car owner. Peggy Swager’s and#8220;Training the Hard to Train Dogand#8221; provides effective training techniques for working with shy, controlling and stubborn dogs. And finally, if you are looking for the perfect foods to serve at your next cocktail soiree, check out and#8220;Cocktail Food: 50 Finger Foods with Attitude.and#8221;
So whether you are looking for inspiring true stories, memoirs, cookbooks, how-to books, dog and teen training manuals, or travel advice, chances are the Truckee Library will have what you need!
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